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I am a woodworker/cabinetmaker at the relative beginning of my career, with approx. 7 years of high-end, custom work under my belt. Currently I am in a solid position in Philadelphia, PA with good pay and benefits. I've heard many people say that the North East is typically good place to be for millwork etc. But I'm becoming exhausted by the rat race and am considering relocating to a smaller city in the mountain time zone. The three places on my list so far are Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Fort Collins/Denver, and Bozeman, MT.
Many thanks for the help!
Currently in the Denver market,
Definitely high demand here currently.
Money is good if you are.
Don't think Denver really qualifies as "small city living " however.
The business environment for woodworkers is much different here.
That said, it is a great place to have a shop. Pay in the area is three times that in New York or Florida. There is a real demand for businesses that do woodwork now. Ten years ago I had 9 competitors within 50 miles and I was going to the customer to bid work. Now my closest competitor is 125 miles away and customers come to me.
If you are looking for a job, I would suggest that you have it lined up before you relocate. There is no shortage of workers. In fact the next guy I hire will be coming from Atlanta Georgia. He is running his own shop out there and has offered to bring a lot of new skills to the table.
If you are looking to start your own shop, be prepared for competition. Those of us that are still around have been saving money for when times change and new shops start popping up.
In short, moving west will be high risk, high reward.